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Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!


No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 28th 1976 by Puffin (first published 1962)
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Josephine
Until The Snowy Day (published in 1963), American children's books featured white children as the heroes (if you know of one that didn't, I'd love to hear about it). In the biography on his website, Ezra Jack Keats says:
Then began an experience that turned my life around—working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids—except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there a
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Laima
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day was a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner. Now, 50 years later, this book is still available at your local library. It was written and illustrated for children ages 3 to 8. I guess it just shows that a simple story and colorful pictures can withstand the test of time.

This is a story of what a young child does on a snowy day. It may be a bit nostalgic for some older readers. Perhaps for children growing up in the 60’s and 70’s it was a fine book to read. We...more
Joel
Mar 13, 2014 Joel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014, nina
I like to imagine this book from the boy's parents' perspective.

"But when he woke up, the snow was still there, and new snow was falling!"

..and dad is outside swearing as he tries to shovel out his snowed-in car so he can go to work. Meanwhile, mom has slipped and fallen on the puddle of water left when the snowball the idiot child tried to carry inside in his pocket melted. She calls and calls for help, but her son doesn't hear her because he is outside making snow angels and pathetic two-segm...more
Maggie
There's a reason this book is a classic, Keats was able to really listen to the phrase "less is more" when he created this perfect little kids book. The pictures are warm and inviting, they directly interact with the text, making each page a fun adventure playing in the winter. Peter explores many of my favorite aspects of palyign with snow, from snow ball fights (though he decides not to take part), to snow angels, to trying to hold on to snow even inside (even though the snow ball melts in his...more
Willow
I loved this book when I was a wee one. It made me think a snowy day is magical. :D
Ken Moten
Feb 13, 2014 Ken Moten rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids, people interested in what I read as a child
Recommended to Ken by: Green Valley Elementary School
Ezra Jack Keats was a children's writer/illustrator primarily active during the 60s &70s. He was the 3rd child of Polish-Jewish immigrants and lived much of his life in his native Brooklyn, NYC. I could go on about that but what I want to focus on is this book and Mr. Keats' literary cannon in relation to me in the 1990s.

The book is a very simple tale of a little boy who goes out and explores his neighborhood in the snow--nothing complicated. So why is this book so celebrated 49 years later...more
Greg
This book looks really familiar, like maybe I actually read it as a child. I've learned that even though I thought that I read as a child I must have only read things that would never be deemed 'classics', or maybe I just only re-read the same books over and over again.
This book captures a nice nostalgia for being little and having a snow day, when the time seemed to stretch out forever and so much shit was packed into the day that now it's baffling how you could ever do so much.
As a little ki...more
David

Looking at this book actually made me tear up a little. Going through some boxes I saw this lying at the bottom and was instantly transported across space and time to my childhood. I remembered for the first time in many many years a time when I was innocent, and a certain clarity that this novel brought me.

You might be sneering or contorting your face in some representation of disbelief, (stop doing that btw, it’s not flattering) but stay with me for a second and let me explain.
It was my second...more
Becca
the illustrations alone in this book make it worth having.
Ronyell
“The Snowy Day” is a Caldecott Medal Award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats that details Peter’s adventures on a snowy day. “The Snowy Day” is clearly one of Ezra Jack Keats’ most enchanting books for children!

Ezra Jack Keats has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this story. Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations are truly creative and colorful to look at as the characters and the environment surrounding them look like something cut out of a cardboard as the characters and the environment...more
midnightfaerie
This book is also a part of the Kindergarten reading plan for our charter school and we read it today. Although I could see no great wonder in the story, or the "okay" illustrations that won a Caldecott award, my 5 yr old son's whole face was lit up during the entire read. Perhaps because it's August, the time of year that we get tired of the heat and bugs and look forward to sledding and snowball fights, that he enjoyed it so much. In any case, he loved it and wanted to read it again, so we'll...more
Sarah BT
I remember seeing The Snowy Day on Reading Rainbow as a child and enjoying it. Reading it again as an adult, I still enjoyed it. I even read this one while I was babysitting recently, and the two-year-old I was watching requested it be read over and over. It's truly a classic that has stood the test of time and I believe it will continue to do so.

The artwork doesn't have a lot of detail, but it transports the reader into it's snow filled pages. It's simple, but the snow covers all the outdoor...more
Amy
I haven't read this to my niece and nephew, and I don't know if I ever will. My mom read this to me when I was a kid, and I *love* this book. I love Peter's little red suit, I love the colors and illustrations in this book, I love the little snow angels and the little duck feet Peter makes when he walks. I love the plop of snow falling on his head--just *everything*! I'd be heartbroken if my niece and nephew didn't love this one, too, and to be honest, I kind of just want The Snowy Day to always...more
Melody
I picked this up at my library the other day and was amazed to see the 50th Anniversary sticker on the cover. Really? FIFTY? No matter, this lovely story is timeless and adorable and wonderful. May it live another 50 years... and more.

2008 Truly classic, wonderful and timeless.
Charlie George
Another one where it is difficult to put my finger on why it is so good. This one in particular is warmly familiar from the forgotten days of early childhood, which helps it out a lot.

I like that it is about a child from the projects, whose friend lives in the apartment across the hall. I like that it is set in the big city, rather than some idealized, rustic rural paradise, or ghod forbid the suburbs.

Of course I like most of all that it's about snow. More specifically it is about what great f...more
Rain Misoa
Sep 04, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 0-3 and people would want an adventure in the snow!
Recommended to Rain by: We Give Books
Shelves: childrens-books
This is one of the children's books that I read for We Give Books, A Pearson Foundation Initiative to help children all around the world obtain books. It's an organization that gathers many campaigns in one spot on the web to encourage people to read many books for children. With every book you read, one gets donated to the campaign you signed up for. (There's quite a few campaigns available.) A very good friend of mine, Nicole Terazue, recommended this site to me since she knew I loved reading...more
Vrinda
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a winner of the Caldecott Medal. It is a picturebook, intended for ages 2-6, mainly N. It is a cute, fanciful story of a boy experiencing snow for the very first time, and hoping to hold onto the wonder and excitement it brings, forever. I rate this book highly, as it is a light-hearted story which is inviting, and appealing to beginner readers. The story’s plot is very simple- the boy makes a snowball and puts it in his pocket for the next day. However, befor...more
Eyehavenofilter
Peter wakes up to a snow covers world outside his window.in his red snow suit he sets out to explore this new world. The snow makes wonderful crunching noises as he leaves footprints behind him. Them he drags his feet and leaves long streaks in the snow.he uses a stick to make a third line in the snow and to encouraged snow to fall from a nearby tree.some of it gals right on his head.
He tries to join in with the older boys in a snowball fight but its a little to advanced for him, so he tries so...more
Joy Colclasure
This is one of my all time favorite books. Ezra Jack Keats is one of my favorite authors, I like every single one of his books. This book has colorful, fun pictures in it. I think children can relate so much to the character Peter in the book. Children can also relate to this book if they have ever went outside and played in snow. This book even throws in some good opposites and has great descriptive words. This is the perfect book to read when you are doing the winter theme in your classroom.

Ex...more
Elizabeth Sciarra
I can relate to this book very much being from Boston where the winters can be pretty bad. I remember my mom reading this to me after a very snowy day filled with adventures and snowball fights.

I think it tells a very good story because even though at first the boy is all alone playing, he still manages to have fun by himself. He makes a snowman, snow angels and slides down the hills of snow. The illustrations were also very different but really cool at the same time. It looks as thought it was...more
Makenzie Sliva
The Snowy Day was a story about what a young child does on a snowy day. Reading more into the story, though I found out that this was on of the very first American children's books that featured an African American child as the hero. Published in 1963, this was a very big deal. This makes me appreciate this piece of literature so much more. The book captures a sense of childhood and innocence as the character heads through the fields of snow.The illustrations in this book were very simple and th...more
Clementine Lagarde
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a story about Peter and his adventures in the snow. A wonderfully illustrated book that capture snow in its best.

In the story Pete awakens to find that it has snowed and covered everything he could see. He dresses and runs outside crunching through the snow examining his different footprints and tracks. He discovers a stick and makes new tracks with that and then smacks a tree only to be covered by snow himself-plop! Realising he wasn't old enough to join in...more
Krysten
Summary: Peter wakes up to a snowy day outside. He walks and explores the snow, makes treads, and hits a tree, making snow fall on his head. He chooses to not join a snowball fight because he isn't big enough, yet, then he makes a snowman and snow angels, slides down a hill, and puts a big snowball in his pocket. He goes home to tell his mom about his adventures and before he goes to bed he checks his pocket for the snowball, only to find that it is gone! He dreams that it is sunny outside and t...more
Sharne' Cherry
1. Classic Picture book
2.The snowy day is a wonderful book about a little boy and his day outside playing in the snow. The little boy dreams about the snow melting from the sun but when he wakes up he finds more snow! Interesting read for the younger audience!
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a. Accuracy
b.c. I love the fact that this book depicts exactly how it is to be a kid in snowy weather. The author place the little boy outside with the "older kids" and later comments that the character couldn't play with the other chil...more
Lindsay Bunchman
I like to introduce this book to younger children and emphasize its significance to American history since it was the first picture book published about an African American child. The story is simple, cute, and can relate to any child. For older children, this book encourages a discussion about the cultural ambiguity of the story and whether or not it was necessary because of the time in which it was published. Example questions are: Was the first step just getting a black character on the page...more
Lucy Hernandez
For a rainy and snowy day, this is the perfect book for reading. Great experience for everyone, specially for kids to see the magic of the falling snow. For places that have a lot of snow in winter time could not be pretty much excitement in relation with the places that only snow one or twice in winter season. It will be apply for cause and effect.

Extension:
Ask the kids to fill an icetray with water, put in in the freezer, wait about three hours and see what happen? The liquid (water) is transf...more
Ameryn
Mar 04, 2014 Ameryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ameryn by: A gift from Bethany Strout
Shelves: kids
The illustrations use the loveliest colors…read this to Lucas today on our own snow day here in South Dakota.
Michelle Martin
A wonderful book to introduce to children about the joy that snow can bring. Also children can learn about the different types of weather such as snowy, rainy, and windy. Children can learn about the different types of adventures they can experience on a snowy day such has making snow balls, snow men, and making footprints in the snow.

Learning Extension

Have a large group discussion about different types of weather such as snowy day, windy day, and rainy day. Then ask children which day is their...more
Ashley
Illustrated by: Ezra Jack Keats
Published: 1962
Fiction, Picture book

Summary:
This book is about a young boy named Peter and his adventures in the snow. When Peter wakes up, he looks outside his window and sees snow. He walks outside and makes tracks. He finds a stick and knocks the snow off a tree. Peter tries to join a snowball fight but knows he is too young so instead he makes a snowman and snow angels. He climbs up a mountain of snow and then slides down again. He tries to save handful of snow...more
David Korsak
This book is about a boy who seems to love snow and wants to do anything and everything to play with and on it. This is what the text tells us about the story, but the pictures tell an entirely different story. The pictures tell us the boy has never seen snow before and when he goes to play outside he is all alone and when he tries to play with others he is more or less bullied away and told not to come back until he can stand up for yourself. At the end he tells his mother all about his adventu...more
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Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.

In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gou...more
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“One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.” 12 likes
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